Cleo Smith disappearance: WA Four-year-old asked mother for a drink of water, hours before disappearance

Cleo Smith woke up in the middle of the night and asked her parents for a drink of water hours before she disappeared.

Police referred to an “interaction” between the four-year-old and her parents around 1:30 a.m. Saturday — sparking an intense public inquiry that something ominous had taken place.

But Daily Mail Australia has confirmed that the detective referred to something as innocuous as ‘asking for a drink of water’ in the middle of the night, before turning and going back to sleep.

“There is nothing to indicate that anything suspicious happened at that time,” a police source said.

Cleo Smith woke up in the middle of the night and asked her parents for a drink of water hours before she disappeared

Police referred to an 'interaction' between the four-year-old and her parents (pictured with her mother Ellie and partner Jake Gliddon) at around 1:30 am on Saturday - sparking an intense public inquiry that something sinister was taking place

Police referred to an ‘interaction’ between the four-year-old and her parents (pictured with her mother Ellie and partner Jake Gliddon) at around 1:30 am on Saturday – sparking an intense public inquiry that something sinister was taking place

The search for land was suspended Tuesday due to wild winds and an intense storm

The search for land was suspended Tuesday due to wild winds and an intense storm

Social media detectives seized on the detective’s sentence and suspected something more dramatic had happened.

In some circles, the word was even twisted and there were false reports that the officer was talking about an “argue.”

“It was just a word,” the source said. “Nothing special happened.”

Little Cleo had slept soundly until then and both she and her little sister Isla were in the tent when her parents went to bed.

They woke up at 6am to find that Cleo was missing. The red and gray sleeping bag in which she had been lying was also gone.

It is feared that Cleo (pictured) has wandered off in the middle of the night, only to fall into one of the many holes nearby.  But close family friends insisted the four-year-old wouldn't

It is feared that Cleo (pictured) has wandered off in the middle of the night, only to fall into one of the many holes nearby. But close family friends insisted the four-year-old wouldn’t

Police Inspector Jon Munday said experts have advised the four-year-old could have wandered as far as 5.2 km from her last known position if she were lost in the bush.

Police Inspector Jon Munday said experts have advised the four-year-old could have wandered as far as 5.2 km from her last known position if she were lost in the bush.

Cleo’s mother Ellie Smith and her partner Jake Gliddon immediately alerted all other campers in the area.

By the time police and emergency services arrived, some guests had sent private drones to search from the air and others were using motorcycles to search the area.

There’s been no sign of Cleo since her parents’ last brief conversation with her at 1:30 AM.

Police are not ruling out theories about her disappearance, including the possibility that she was kidnapped.

Officers are deeply concerned about the four-year-old and “everything is on the table” in the unusual and disturbing case.

They consider the possibility that had Cleo been kidnapped, she could have moved across the state by now.

Inspector Jon Munday said Cleo “could be anywhere” now, as it has been three days since she was last seen.

“We can’t rule out that Cleo is still in the area, we can’t rule out that she’s left the area and if she left the area that’s probably our worst case scenario because that really paints a sinister picture with what happened,” he said.

Cleo Smith, four, was last seen at the Blowholes site on the coast at Macleod, north of Carnarvon, Western Australia, at about 1:30 a.m. Saturday (pictured, the site where Cleo went missing)

Cleo Smith, four, was last seen at the Blowholes site on the coast at Macleod, north of Carnarvon, Western Australia, at about 1:30 a.m. Saturday (pictured, the site where Cleo went missing)

The police are investigating all the possibilities of Cleo's mysterious disappearance - including kidnapping - and have searched bushland and stopped cars and caravans in search of the missing girl.

The police are investigating all the possibilities of Cleo’s mysterious disappearance – including kidnapping – and have searched bushland and stopped cars and caravans in search of the missing girl.

‘We would like to spread this message to everyone nationwide. She could be anywhere now, which is really worrying.”

Mr Munday vowed to “throw anything at it” as long as it takes to bring Cleo home.

The inspector led the search and was repeatedly in the media to provide an update on Cleo’s disappearance and the search efforts.

He caused a furore on Sunday when he said during a live press conference: “The parents did interact with Cleo in the early morning hours.”

The site is 75km from Carnarvon and 875km from Perth with nothing but bushland and scrub in between.

Some campers reportedly heard a vehicle speeding away around 3 a.m. Saturday, but police have so far not commented on the matter.

Cleo's mother Ellie Smith and her partner Jake Gliddon immediately alerted all other campers in the area when they realized she was missing (pictured, four-year-old Cleo left with mother Ellie)

Cleo’s mother Ellie Smith and her partner Jake Gliddon immediately alerted all other campers in the area when they realized she was missing (pictured, four-year-old Cleo left with mother Ellie)

The police are very concerned about the child (photo)

Investigators say 'everything is on the table' in the unusual and disturbing case

Police say they have serious concerns about the child (pictured) and that ‘everything is on the table’ in the unusual and disturbing case

Detectives have been confirmed to have seized CCTV footage from roadside restaurants in the area as part of their investigation.

Cleo has reportedly visited the area with her mother on camping trips since she was a baby.

There are growing concerns about her well-being, especially if the four-year-old simply strayed and remains exposed to the elements.

A large storm cell has hit the region and is expected to last well into the night.

The wild weather has forced emergency services to suspend the search as it has entered a fourth day.

A strong cold front, heavy winds and rain made for treacherous search conditions for volunteers - including local indigenous bush trackers who assisted in the search

A strong cold front, heavy winds and rain made for treacherous search conditions for volunteers – including local indigenous bush trackers who assisted in the search

A strong cold front, heavy winds and rain made for treacherous search conditions for volunteers – including local indigenous bush trackers who assisted in the search.

“Every hour that goes by with a four-year-old in this area, there’s obviously limited water supply, it’s hot, very limited shelter,” Mr Munday said.

“It’s very, very worrying.”

At 10 a.m. on Tuesday morning, locals can expect winds of up to 70 km/h, so fierce that it is likely that houses and property will be damaged.

By nightfall, gusts of wind up to 100 km/h can reach the coast. Higher tides and damaging surf conditions are also forecast.

The area is known to be subject to intense weather, with frequent king tides up to 10 times larger than the waves in front of it coming without warning.

Anyone with information is requested to contact police immediately at 131 444.

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